Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld made major gains on an extended Premier League week in Rotterdam.

Thursday marked part two of a historic Dutch double bill. Anderson performed best of the eight competitors, winning three games to shoot up the table. The two-time Premier League champion followed up wins over Michael Smith and Rob Cross with a hefty 7-3 defeat of Daryl Gurney. Van Barneveld also had a 100 per cent record. Barney, buoyed by a vocal home support, saw off Michael van Gerwen on Thursday. Despite successive defeats in Rotterdam, the world number one still tops the table.

Sitting just one point behind him is the resurgent Anderson, with Cross in third. Michael Smith sits behind Anderson and Cross by one point with a game in hand. But that game is against van Gerwen, next week in Manchester. His 7-1 thrashing of Simon Whitlock keeps him ahead of Gurney, who posted an identical result in the last match of the night. Despite his double triumph, van Barneveld is four points adrift of the playoffs with just six points left to play for. Peter Wright, despite drawing with Cross, is in seventh. Thanks to four defeats on the bounce, Whitlock is now rock bottom on ten points. The Australian will not reach the playoffs, while the fate of the three players above him is also dangling by a thread.

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Author: Edward McCosh